Convention on Nomenclature for the Classification of Goods in Customs Tariffs

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Brussels, Belgium
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 11/09/1959



Sub category

Customs Codification



What is it about?

This Convention, ratified under the auspices of the World Customs Organization (WCO), establishes an international nomenclature of goods, used in international trade between the member States.

Why is it relevant?

Since its entry into force, the 1955 Convention has been replaced by the International Convention on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (Brussels, 14 June 1983). The 1983 Convention has been adopted in order to follow up with developments in technology and changes in international trade patterns. 48 out of 55 Contracting Parties renounced the 1955 Convention to adopt the 1983 Convention. In 2003, only Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Mauritania, Tanzania and Uganda remained member States to the 1955 Convention.

Additional Information

This instrument is open for ratification only for Member States to the World Customs Organization.


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